Tura New Musicâ€™s Club Zho ventures upstairs to Babushka Leederville for a celebration of Australian improvisation. Melbourne based Peter Knight, Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, brings about a fusion of experimental and jazz music and the music of other cultures to produce an extraordinarily distinctive sound through his trumpet playing through complex electronic processing. Joining for an inaugural collaboration are local electro-acousticians Stuart James and Lindsay Vickery, projecting instrumental flourishes amidst spectral sheets of sound. All this supported by local experimental harpist Catherine Ashley performing new music employing improvisation, extended technique and acute sonic detail.
Babushka is upstairs at the Leederville Hotel
Club Zho is presented by Tura New Music
Tura New Musicâ€™s annual program is supported byÂ The State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts, in association with Lotterywest and, The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.
Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peterâ€™s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, creates sound installations, and is the Artistic Director of one of Australiaâ€™s leading contemporary music ensembles, the Australian Art Orchestra.
Perpetually curious, Peterâ€™s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures: â€œHard to categoriseâ€¦ hauntingly memorableâ€ The Wire (UK).Â â€œFalling into an utterly genre-less wormholeâ€ Cyclic Defrost. â€œHonest, inventive and originalâ€ Hour Magazine Montreal. â€œA serious work of stringent originalityâ€ BBC Jazz on 3. â€œIf trumpet is an element then Knight is an alchemistâ€ New York City Jazz Record.
Stuart began formal training in popular piano at the age of 12 (1990) with Barry Palmer after developing an interest in composing and transcribing music from audio recordings and television and experimenting with a two-track tape machine and a sequential circuits synthesizer, at the time developing his own notation system. In 1993, Stuart began studying music composition with American composer Allison Applebaum in conjunction with the EVOS Young Composers Workshop when he was 15. This was followed with private studies in composition with Perth composer Cathie Travers between 1993-4. In 1994 Stuart won the state finals of the ASME young composersâ€™ competition; the orchestral piece Stuart submitted was subsequently performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in mid 1995. Stuart since completed a tertiary degree in music composition with first-class honors studying with composers Nigel Butterly, Anthony Payne, Lindsay Vickery, and Roger Smalley, and has had performances by ensembles including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra New Music Ensemble, Decibel Ensemble, Tetrafide Ensemble, Doggox Art Orchestra, and solo performers including Michael Kieran Harvey, Louise Devenish, Christian Widjaja, Adam Pinto, and Raymond Yong. Stuart won the Dorothy Ransom composition prize whilst at UWA, and was also nominated for an Australian Music Centre Award for his percussion piece Temperaments. Stuart has recently submitted his PhD in music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he is writing a series of works that explore Timbre Spatialisation. Recently Stuart has had work performed in two international European tours with the Decibel ensemble, and has a collaborative work with visual artist Erin Coates featured in the Perth Revelation International Film Festival. Stuart recently finished a commission for Australian percussionist Louise Devenish.
Perth-based composer/performer Lindsay Vickery is a founder member of Decibel, Candied Limbs, SQUINT, HEDKIKR, Magnetic Pig and alea new music ensemble. He has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia with groups and individuals such as Amy Knoles, Graham Collier, Jon Rose, Annie Gosfield and Roger Kleier, Marina Rosenfeld, Peter Knight, Mark Gasser, Sawada, Go Tsushima, Clocked Out, Ensemble Scintilla Divina, the MATA Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring. His music includes works for acoustic and electronic instruments in interactive-electronic, improvised or fully notated settings, ranging from solo pieces to opera and has been commissioned by numerous groups for concert, dance and theatre. He is the coordinator of Composition and Music Technology at WAAPA
Catherine Ashley is a dynamic and versatile harpist based in Perth, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Anthony Maydwell. In 2012 Catherine was invited to attend the International Harp Workshop (Italy), Catrin Finch Academy Summer School (Wales) and International Harp Summer School (England), where she studied under world-renowned harpists such as Elizabeth Volpe Bligh, Margherita Bassani, Brenda Dor-Groot, Sabine Meijers, Laura Caremellino, Catrin Finch, Elinor Bennett and Danielle Perrett. Catherine has premiered numerous new works, and is passionate about commissioning new music for the harp. In 2009 Catherine performed a sold out solo recital at the Darlington Town Hall where she premiered â€˜Quickeningâ€™ by Angus Barnacle (Netherlands). In 2012 Catherine performed the world premiere of â€˜Peane from Hyacinthâ€™ (Concerto for Harp, Clarinet & Chamber Orchestra) by Evan Lawson with the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra for their 70th Year Anniversary Concert in Melbourne.